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Derek the dog reunited with owner after M18 crash

A puppy who went missing after a collision on the M18 last week has been reunited with his owner.

Derek the dog reunited with owner after M18 crash

A police appeal to find Derek was shared over 4,000 times and he was eventually found and returned to his owner, Dave.

The lady who found him took the pic, she's got a puppy crush on him! Derek is also an honorary member of the MVS Recovery (vehicle recovery) staff. Thanks for all your help, I'm chuffed to bits.

– Dave, Derek's owner

CCTV released of man with pram being robbed at cash machine

Police are searching for a man who carried out a terrifying robbery on a man and his baby at a cash machine.

The 23-year-old man was on York Road in Leeds when he was grabbed from behind by the attacker. In the struggle the man ripped a £10 note in half and ran off down Raincliffe Street without any money after passers by intervened.

During the attack, the pram with the baby in it, began to roll towards the busy road before being stopped by a man who stopped to help.

It happened at around 4pm on 12 April. The offender was described as black or mixed race, aged about 26, 5ft 10ins tall, with black hair and a goatee beard. He was wearing a black coat, white tracksuit bottoms and black and white trainers.

This was clearly a really distressing incident for the victim particularly given his baby was put at risk by the offender's actions.

I would like to hear urgently from anyone who recognises the man shown in the CCTV footage. I would also like to trace the man and woman who intervened to stop the pram and assist the victim.

– PC Peter Armstrong

Hard as nails portrait of former Leeds Utd star

They say an artist has to suffer for his work. Leeds-born artist Marcus Levine has had more than a share of injuries as he creates portraits of the rich and famous, works of art which have been snapped up across the globe.

It's because Marcus, who trained at the former Jacob Kramer Art College in with fellow local Damian Hirst, creates his works using a simple hammer and nails.

Today he is presenting hard as nails ex-Leeds United player turned actor Vinnie Jones with a self-portrait made with a stack of nails.

Marcus, who attended school at Fulneck in Pudsey, created the work at his studio in Bingley. The 80cm x 60cm portrait took two weeks to make.


Temporary roof put on Majestic

The Majestic on City Square in Leeds city centre now has a new temporary roof following the devastating fire that ripped through the building last September.

The installation of the new roof is part of the process being carried out by the building’s owners to make the building wind and water tight.

The temporary birdcage scaffold roof structure has been designed to ensure that the building is protected from the elements. The roof will give the building time for its structure to dry out following the extensive water damage.

Three further arrests in yacht drugs probe

Three men have been arrested in West Yorkshire as part of Operation AFTERMAST, the ongoing NCA investigation following the seizure of around a tonne of cocaine from the yacht Makayabella by the Irish authorities in September 2014.

The men, aged 31, 29 and 27, were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to import class A drugs at two addresses in Ilkley and one in Leeds on Tuesday 28 April. The warrants were executed with assistance from West Yorkshire Police.

All three were questioned and have been bailed pending further enquiries until 28 August.

Blow for family after missing man's mother dies

The family of a missing man who've endured months of anguish over his disappearance - have been dealt a terrible new blow after his mother died - they say from a broken heart.

Damion Vernon from Bridlington was reported missing in December and since then his mother Margaret has campaigned for his safe return.

But on Saturday night, she died suddenly - Helen Steel has been to see her family and spoken to Margaret's sister Bridget:

Police appeal for information about suspected thief

York police have issued a fresh appeal for the public's help to trace a Latvian man wanted on suspicion of theft.

Credit: North Yorkshire Police

A European Arrest Warrant has already been issued for Viktors Sokolovskis, 42, who is wanted in Latvia.

Sokolovskis was arrested at York Magistrates' Court in September 2014, after appearing on a separate matter of two thefts in Wheldrake, near York.

He was due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 12 February 2015, for an extradition hearing but failed to turn up.

Officers are appealing to anyone who sees Sokolovskis or knows where he is to contact them with information.

He is known to have links to York and Hull but he could be anywhere in the country.

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